McDonalds and other local stores remain closed due to COVID-19 in Times Square on April 13, 2020 in New York, NY.
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McDonald's pause in US dining room reopening will continue for another 30 days as coronavirus cases persist in some parts of the country.
The company will also require customers to wear facewear from August 1st and install mudguards in its restaurants so franchisees can increase order acceptance, seating capacity, and staffing levels.
McDonald & # 39; s requires other major retailers and restaurant companies such as Walmart, Kroger and Starbucks to wear masks at all locations in the United States.
U.S. President Joe Erlinger and National Franchise Leadership Alliance chairman Mark Salebra said in an open letter to McDonald’s U.S. system that nearly 82% of restaurants are located in states or locations where Facial coverage is required for both employees and customers.
Employees receive additional training for customers who do not want to wear masks.
"The goal of this policy is to take a proactive approach and focus on finding solutions quickly when customers cannot or do not want to wear facewear," they write. "In situations where a customer refuses to wear facial covering, we will introduce additional procedures to maintain it in a friendly, expedited manner."
The protective plates are another safety measure for the restaurants. Erlinger and Salebra said in the letter that they are not intended to replace personal protective equipment or adherence to social distance.
The fast food chain paused the dining room reopening on July 1 for three weeks amid a flood of coronavirus cases. Franchisees who have already reopened dining rooms and have received no setbacks from local officials can choose to keep them open.
McDonald’s shares, with a market value of $ 152 billion, have remained virtually unchanged this year. The company is expected to release its second quarter results on Tuesday.